Boston's Stars Humble The 8th-Seeded Sixers
Despite a hot start at home, Philadelphia was cooled off considerably in the second quarter en route to a 107-91 loss at the hands of The Celtics, who take a 2-1 lead in this best-of-seven series.
Philly ended the first half down 11-points and never had an answer for Boston’s defense or the trio of Garnett, Rondo and Pierce who combined for 74 points and 31 rebounds. Brandon Bass and Mickael Pietrus also contributed 23 total points and shot well in the opening minutes before the C’s big names got going.
Much of the criticism aimed at Boston after their Game 2 loss centered around the idea that the C’s aging roster couldn’t handle the fast-paced game of the much younger Sixers. However, when the dust settled from Game 3 it was The Celtics who led in fast-break points and whose older stars showed endurance and poise in a crucial playoff game.
Celtics head coach Doc Rivers had this to say after the win:
“I thought a lot of guys tonight came and they didn’t think about what they were not doing well. A lot of guys just came and played.”
Rivers and the rest of the Boston faithful hope to see this sort of effort and execution again in Game 4, Friday at 8 pm ET.
Brandon Rompa is a writer and musician from Minneapolis, MN. He began writing album reviews and current-event music articles for his college paper at Winona State University in 2007 and has continued to pursue the craft in his leisure time since, hoping to share his love of recorded music, present and past, in a conversational and relatable manner.
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